Tuesday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* In New Hampshire, a new CNN/WMUR poll of Republican voters shows Mitt Romney with a big lead in the nation’s first presidential primary. The former Massachusetts governor is out in front with 32%, and the next closest competitor, Rep. Ron Paul, is a distant second with 9%.

* The day before the special election in New York’s 26th, voters in the district received a robocall message from former President Bill Clinton in support of Democrat Kathy Hochul. Late last week, Republicans used New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for robocalls.

* In New Mexico, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R) will launch a Senate campaign today, and will go up against former Rep. Heather Wilson in a competitive Republican primary.

* Former ambassador Jon Huntsman, on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire, told voters yesterday he “hates” the idea of a border fence with Mexico, because “it’s not consistent with” American ideals. The GOP base is unlikely to find this acceptable. [Update: To clarify, Huntsman went on to say that the fence may be a necessarily evil, even though he hates it.]

* Many Democratic officials are reaching out to Elizabeth Warren to run for the Senate in Massachusetts next year, rather than head up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren, a law professor at Harvard, hasn’t said no.

* In Ohio, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama leading his potential GOP challengers, in margins ranging from 4 points (vs. Romney) to 10 points (vs. Palin).

* Disgraced former Alabama judge Roy Moore (R) is, apparently, still running for president, and has hired a political director in South Carolina.

* In case anyone thought it was a possibility, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has said he will not run for president.

* Speaking of Florida, voters in Miami will elect a new mayor today.

* And in New Jersey, a new Farleigh Dickinson University/PublicMind poll shows Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rating dropping to a new low.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.